Kris Aiken, Co-Owner, Nurse Next Door Home Care Services, Toronto, addresses the issues and questions facing many families considering homecare and caregiver support options for aging loved ones.
What is the best choice for my needs? Should I choose assisted living, a retirement home or a nursing home? What costs does the province cover? Homecare experts recommend having the conversation with your loved ones as soon as possible to determine which options meet their stated preferences and wishes. Aiken makes this easy with this seminar, which covered:
Here are a few notes from this presentation.
|Normal age-related memory changes||Symptoms that may indicate dementia|
|Able to function independently and pursue normal activities, despite occasional memory lapses||Difficulty performing simple tasks; forgetting how to do things you’ve done many times|
|Able to recall and describe incidents of forgetfulness||Unable to recall or describe specific instances where memory loss caused problems|
|May pause to remember directions, but doesn’t get lost in familiar places||Gets lost or disoriented even in familiar places; unable to follow directions|
|Occasional difficulty finding the right word, but no trouble holding a conversation||Words are frequently forgotten, misused, or garbled; Repeats phrases and stories in same conversation|
|Judgment and decision-making ability the same as always||Trouble making choices; May show poor judgment or behave in socially inappropriate ways|